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10 Reasons Asean Prefers Obama As President

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The politics if this paper are utterly bizarre. We have Obama being slammed by the right wing for his obama care and other social programs, and yet domestically the paper is stanch Thai democrat.

I know this is a regional piece but they could equally have written 10 reasons why not.

It's not bizarre at all. I'd say you don't understand Thai politics at all if you find it bizarre. Politics here does not match up with politics at home, but Thaksin in many respects matches up well with the American right wing. He hands out a few minor concessions to the poor, similar to the American right wing appealing to poor whites, in order to give massive handouts to the rich. Mitt Romeny would be fully in agreement with Thaksin on lowering taxes on the rich (Thaksin has already lowered corporate income tax from 30% to 20%), when they bother to collect them at all, as well as Thaksin's stance on free trade and dismantling Thailand's highly protectionist trade policies. Thailand's most desperately needed reform is in tax collection so that rich people like Thaksin are forced to pay, and the current state of taxation in Thailand is like a Republican's wet dream. Thai Democrat's positions on trade, taxation on the rich, and social programs match up much more with the American left than Thaksin's do. And that's not even getting in to Thaksin's blatant human rights violations, killings, corruption, and outright theft, that don't belong in either American party and that everyone back home would unite against.

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Since Romney has promised to charge China with currency manipulation on his very first day in office I doubt he would be particularly popular in this region.

If I was running China and Mitt did that. I'd say ok. Now we want the money you owe us.

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I have as much foreign policy experience as Romney ... coffee1.gif

The Nation is right.

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Since Romney has promised to charge China with currency manipulation on his very first day in office I doubt he would be particularly popular in this region.

If I was running China and Mitt did that. I'd say ok. Now we want the money you owe us.

No problem, just print some more and pay them back. Easy peasy.

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I have as much foreign policy experience as Romney ... coffee1.gif

The Nation is right.

Obama had 0 experience with anything when he was elected, let alone foreign policy. As soon as he was elected Senator he started running for president. At least Romney ran a state.

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The politics if this paper are utterly bizarre. We have Obama being slammed by the right wing for his obama care and other social programs, and yet domestically the paper is stanch Thai democrat.

I know this is a regional piece but they could equally have written 10 reasons why not.

Can you think of 10 reasons why anyone would want Mitt the Moron to win apart from possibly these 4:

1) I believe everything Fox News tells me.

2) I am a racist redneck who thinks even though I am a 350 lb inbred I am better than all black people because I am white.

3) I am a millionaire.

4) I am Rupert Murdoch

I can't think of 10 so I doubt The Nation could.

I think the only chance the US has is to allow some straight people like Ron Paul into the fold. Romney is no better than Obama but it all comes down to money and the behind the scenes power brokers.

Some one like Ron Paul has no chance, because all the mass media won't touch someone like him, because they are exactly in the same money and behind the scene power brokerage.

And if someone like Ron Paul become president he would get the bullet (they can blame Al Kaida, or Iran or whoever).

I would say the president is just a puppet like Yingluck, the decision will be made somewhere different.

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I have as much foreign policy experience as Romney ... coffee1.gif

The Nation is right.

Obama had 0 experience with anything when he was elected, let alone foreign policy. As soon as he was elected Senator he started running for president. At least Romney ran a state.

Obama was a state senator in Illinois from 1997 to 2004

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The best reason for wanting an Obama win is that it is better the devil you know.

Oh......... and Paul Ryan.

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As a UK national observing this its up to the Americans to decide whom they want and the Asean will have to get on with whoever than is, as will the world. There is an old saying that better the devil you know..............but for me Obama came in on a wave of optimism and promises, he is a good orator, but all the talk has not delivered anywhere near what was promised, thats politicians for you! If it were me, would I give him a second chance? Probably not, but then I wont get a chance to vote and it wont be my decision, I will have to get on with it in any ways it might affect me. I, like the world watch with interest.

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It's definitely a case of deficits do matter.

Dick Cheney summed it up: "Reagan proved that deficits don't matter." This is how he justified the huge tax cuts for the rich at the start of G. W. Bush's presidency.

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Religion will have nothing to do with Romney if he is elected. Reason, we had the same scare tactic when Kennedy was elected and the opposition had the scare tactic that the Pope would be running the US. It never happened and sadly we lost a good president when he got killed.

I am an American and I am scared to death that if Obama increases the national debt anymore, the exchange rate on the US dollar will go to hell for myself and others like me. Does Thailand have a food stamp program for immigrants? His hope and change has only meant one thing to me and that is "What change and where is the hope?"

There is a lot more than just the support of Asean involved in this election. The future of the US hangs in the balance. We import people who become terroists and kill Americans and nothing is done about it. I see the long lines at the US embassy of people who are applying for valid visas and there are those in the US who will be given amnesty who just walk across the border from Mexico who are not only Mexicans but any other nationality including those who are not friendly to the US. Unemployment is a disaster and at least someone is wanting to do something about it. Obama is a good orator but his record stands for nothing. He used three years blaming Bush and nothing to show for himself. Has he had a budget approved? No, not for three years. He will not work with anyone who disagrees with him and his word is the only word in his mind. If he somehow gets the Electoral College thrown out, our presidential election could be decided by only 14 of 50 states. Is that going to be fair to the US electorate? Not in my wildest dreams could it be fair.

We fought a war to remove a king from our country and now we have an Emperor who enacts laws without the tenants of the US Constitution. I only can pray that the election will not result in another four years of disaster.

Think what you may but if you want to say I am a racist, I would gladly vote for either Allen West or Condeleeza Rice as president. They are better in my eyes than Obama.

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ASEAN itself is a big fat joke. Doesn't matter who they endorse.

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Romney wants to boost defence spending considerably. That could be a great opportunity for corrupt politicians in ASEAN to make money from cooperating with US military just like the old days.

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I think Obama has done a great job! He was handed a terrible situation and he stopped it form getting worse and is making it better. I don't care if people don't want to hear what a bad situation he was handed. If they want to pretend everything was perfect when he started then that's ok. It's their fantasy. I don't think anyone could have done any more than he has done. He's earned 4 more years.

While it is true that he was handed a terrible situation, he has not made things better at all. He has continued the reckless government borrowing and spending, pushing us closer and closer to the fiscal cliff. Even before (just before) he was elected he showed his true colors by lobbying hard for the bailout of the big banks. And he continues to this day to carry water for Goldman-Sachs et al.

Romney is no better than Obama and, quite possibly worse. Like one previous poster already posited, the USA needs someone like Ron Paul to turn the ship around and avert disaster. By the way, 30 states have agreed to count write-in votes, so Dr. Paul still has a chance to be elected. Okay, a remote chance at best, but people need to step out of the trap of always voting for the lesser of two evils. When you vote the lesser of two evils, you are partly responsible for every evil deed (drones killing innocent people, bank bailouts, people being jailed for possession of a small amount of marijuana, etc.) that is perpetrated by that candidate, if elected.

Have some integrity! Refuse to support evil of any kind. Write in the honorable Ron Paul for president.

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